Spring For Susannah~Book Review

by adustyframe ~ June 21st, 2011

I received a free copy of this book for my review from LitFuse Publicity.
I had another book to review too so it did sit on my shelf for a little while. As soon as I started reading it, I was hooked.
I always enjoy finding a new author and this book was a good read. Catherine Richmond’s first book has a great storyline.

I found myself reading like crazy to see what happened. I will say that near the end it took a sudden twist without much explanation and the end seemed to wrap up super fast and left me feeling a bit like it didn’t match up to the other 3/4ths of the book which was really good.

I also wish she would have shared which song this book was based on and a few dates. I found myself wondering quite a few times what date it was supposed to be and if events mentioned lined up accurately.

Even with the few things that I was picky about here, I really did like the story and think that she did a great job for her first book!
Thank you for sharing it with me.


Spring For Susannah Giveaway

To celebrate her debut novel, Catherine and her publisher, Thomas Nelson, have teamed up to give away a Spring For Susannah Prize Package worth over $150!

One grand prize winner will receive:

* A brand new Latest Generation KINDLE with Wi-Fi and Pearl Screen

* Spring for Susannah by Catherine Richmond (for KINDLE)

To enter just click one of the icons below and then tell your friends! But hurry, giveaway ends on June 27th. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, June 28th at 5 PM (6PM MST, 7PM CST, & 8PM EST) during Catherine’s Spring for Susannah Book Club Party on Facebook! Catherine is rustling up some fun for the party – she’ll be chatting about the story behind her novel, hosting a book club chat, testing your mail-order bride trivia skills, and giving away some GREAT prizes! Don’t miss the fun and tell your friends!

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About the book: Spring for Susannah

Booklist says, “Inspired by [folk] lyrics, Richmond arrives on the inspirational fiction scene with a moving debut novel. Readers will be filled with hope that Susannah will learn the true meaning of love. Highly recommended where inspiring, romantic historical fiction is in demand.”

Hundreds of miles from home, Susannah faces an uncertain future as a mail-order bride on the untamed Dakota prairie.

When her parents die suddenly, and no suitors call, Susannah resigns herself to the only option available: becoming a mail-order bride. Agreeing to marry her pastor’s brother, Jesse, Susannah leaves the only home she’s ever known for the untamed frontier of the Dakota Territory .

Her new husband is more loving and patient with her than she believes she deserves. Still, there is also a wildness to him that mirrors the wilderness surrounding them. And Susannah finds herself constantly on edge. But Jesse’s confidence in her-and his faith in God’s perfect plan-slowly begin to chip away at the wall she hides behind.

When she miscarries in the brutal Dakota winter, Susannah’s fledgling faith in herself and in God begins to crumble. Still, Jesse’s love is unwavering. Just when it seems like winter will never end, Susannah finally sees the first tentative evidence of spring. And with it, the realization that more than the landscape has changed.

She looks to the future with a renewed heart. Yet in her wildest dreams, she couldn’t predict all that awaits her.


About Catherine: Catherine Richmond was focused on her career as an occupational therapist till a special song planted a story idea in her mind. That idea would ultimately become Spring for Susannah, her first novel. She is also a founder and moderator of Nebraska Novelist critique group and lives in Nebraska with her husband.


For more about Catherine, please visit www.catherinerichmond.com.



3 Thoughts Shared to Spring For Susannah~Book Review

  1. Michelle

    Looks pretty decent. I’m always open for new books.

    In fact, i’m having a book week on my blog.

    I found you on the TOS forum and added friended you through the friends connect. You are almost there!

  2. Sarah

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  3. Cathy Richmond

    Lizzie, Thanks for your terrific review of Spring for Susannah! Writers understand curiosity, so I’ll answer your questions. The song that inspired me was Mail Order Annie by Harry Chapin. Susannah arrives in Dakota Territory in August of 1873. The story ends in March of 1876. My mom is a Virginia history librarian, so I wouldn’t dare mess up on the history! Blessings!

    Lol Cathy! Thanks–I hope you weren’t offended. Did you include the date in the book and I just missed it? I really did like the story 🙂 Congrats–it’s no easy feat to get your book published.
    My sister is a history teacher and a librarian so I understand your comment;)

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